NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- ABC News employees represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO have overwhelmingly ratified their new contract agreement.
The vote was 89 percent yes; 11 percent no.
The three-year contract is effective immediately and affects newswriters, editors, desk assistants, production assistants, graphic artists and researchers in national and local television and radio in New York and Washington.
"We are happy to have secured a contract that provides our members with wage increases and innovative job protections and happy they have overwhelmingly ratified this contract," Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said in a statement Monday. "Our members' ratification of this contract ensures that they will remain integral to ABC News's success as the broadcast news business transforms in the coming years."
"At a time of great uncertainty for our industry, I believe this contract represents an important step toward insuring that WGA-represented writers will continue to have a significant role in broadcasting's future, at both the local and network levels," added Al Wasser, writer for "World News with Diane Sawyer" and former head writer for "Good Morning America."
The Writers Guild of America, East, is a labor union representing professional writers in film, television and radio.
Thirty-three percent of Guild East members work under Staff contracts, or collective bargaining agreements as News Writers; News Editors; Desk Assistants; Graphic Artists; Continuity Writers; On-Air Promotion Writers; Researchers; News Production Assistants; Production Assistants; News Assignment Deskpersons; Viewers; Producers.
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